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All titles produced by Crawford Productions

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13 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

Crawford Productions was founded in 1945 by Hector and Dorothy Crawford to produce drama, light entertainment and educational programs for radio. On the advent of television in Australia in 1956, Crawfords became a dominant force in the new medium, particularly in the area of series drama.


All the Rivers Run television program – 1983

This program won a swag of awards and has arguably been watched by more people, more often, than any other Australian mini-series of the prolific ’80s.


Cop Shop – Episode 109 television program – 1978

This episode of Cop Shop is notable for bringing together Mel Gibson, Steve Bisley and Joanne Samuel a short time before they all starred in George Miller’s landmark Mad Max (1979).

Cop Shop – Episode 485 television program – 1983

This episode is a good example of the relatively adventurous single-episode stories featured in Cop Shop at this point in its run. These appeared alongside the more usual crime and soap-oriented plotlines.


Division 4 – The Return of John Kelso television program – 1971

This superb hour of drama was Division 4’s most awarded individual episode. It sustains a mood of simmering tension and the supporting cast deliver deliciously malicious performances.


The Flying Doctors – Public Property television program – 1986

The Flying Doctors is a drama series set in the fictional town of Coopers Crossing and based on the work and lives of the men and women of the outback medical service.


The Henderson Kids – Series 1 Episode 2 television program – 1985

Teenage actors Nadine Garner, Kylie Minogue and Ben Mendelsohn feature in this classic 1980s children’s drama from Crawford Productions.

Homicide – The Decimal Point television program – 1965

When Homicide first aired, Australian television drama, complete with Australian cops and accents, was a novelty on screen.

Homicide – The Friendly Fellow television program – 1973

This was star Charles 'Bud’ Tingwell’s favourite Homicide episode.

Homicide – The Superintendent television program – 1970

This extraordinary episode breaks away from many of the usual Homicide conventions and dispenses with the customary police investigation in record time.


Matlock Police – Episode 1, Twenty-six Hours television program – 1971

From an opening sequence strongly reminiscent of Easy Rider (1969) to a rollicking country car chase at its climax, this is a bumper first episode.


The Saddle Club – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 2001

Carole, Stevie and newcomer Lisa ride their way to true friendship in The Saddle Club.

The Sullivans – On the Brink of War television program – 1976

The first four episodes of the long-running hit series cover the period leading up to the declaration of the Second World War in Australia on 3 September 1939.


Young Ramsay – Natural Selection television program – 1979

Young Ramsay is perfect family viewing from a time when there was usually only one television in the house and families sat down to watch it together.